Applications now open for startups to join Bridge to MassChallenge Australia program

Sarah Vaughan, Director of Developer Experience & Evangelism, Microsoft Australia

I’m delighted to let all aspiring Australian startups know applications are now open to become part of the inaugural Bridge to MassChallenge Australia program, which we first announced in April. This is a huge opportunity for new Australian businesses with the potential to make a significant business or social impact on the world.

MassChallenge is a non-profit organisation that runs one of the world’s best and most startup-friendly business accelerator programs. Since starting in Boston in 2009, it has helped more than 800 groups of entrepreneurs to develop their plans, find the right advice and contacts, raise over US$1.4 billion in funding and create more than 50,000 jobs. It has also expanded its offices and network of entrepreneurs and partners well beyond the US.

The Bridge to MassChallenge Australia program will make it easier for Australian startups to become part of this amazing global system.

The immediate opportunity is for local startups from anywhere in Australia to apply to participate in free MassChallenge competitions that will be held in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. Successful applicants will compete in three-day intensive boot camps before final judging takes place in November. The competitions will be run with local partners including Microsoft and Monash University, and the Australian, South Australian, NSW and Victorian governments.

The winning startups will receive further mentoring and training from local and international experts at sessions in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. They’ll then pitch their plans for a chance to join a five-day boot camp in Boston and the opportunity to join a full accelerator program at one of MassChallenge’s centres in Boston, Israel, Mexico, the UK or Switzerland.

For more information about Bridge to MassChallenge Australia and how to apply, see:


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